Girl Scout Law

Andrew’s Note: April 22nd is Girl Scout Leader’s Day which honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors with Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Law:

I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

via Girl Scout Promise and Law

Girl Scout Promise

Andrew’s Note:  April 22nd is Girl Scout Leader’s Day which honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors with Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try:

To serve God and my country,

To help people at all times,

And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

via Girl Scout Promise and Law

The Star Spangled Banner – Most Important Song

Yesterday I asked the question:  What is the most important song in America?

I know…it’s a strange question to ask on a website focused on liberty, self reliance and preparedness but I had a reason for asking it…and I dropped you a hint by focusing it “in America.”  [Aside:  Usually you won’t catch me referring to the U.S. as ‘America’ as Canadians, Mexicans, Panamanians, Argentinians are all as ‘American’ as I am…but ‘in the U.S.’ would have been giving away my answer.]

The answer to the question is…of course, The Star Spangled Banner.

Besides being the National Anthem of the U.S since 1931, the Star Spangled Banner was written (the poem, not the melody which was borrowed from an older tune) to commemorate the resilience of Fort McHenry during the third great test (after the Revolutionary war and the transition from a Confederation to a Republic).  See below for more on the story of how Francis Scott Key came to write the Anthem.

Why do I bring this up today…because earlier this week a major news organization elected to act disrespectfully towards this revered symbol of the our nation and liberty.  Here is Mediaite’s description of the event. (more…)

The Star Spangled Banner Infographic

The Star Spangled Banner, Our Most Important Song

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics – Today’s Quote

The Star Spangled Banner
1814
Words by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave? (more…)

Standing Orders for Rogers’ Rangers 1759

MAJOR ROBERT ROGERS, 1759

  1. Don’t forget nothing.
  2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.
  3. When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
  4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.
  5. Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.
  6. When we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men.
  7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.
  8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
  9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
  10. If we take prisoners, we keep’ em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between’ em. (more…)

The Ranger Creed (US Army)

Recognizing that I volunteered as a Ranger, fully knowing the hazards of my chosen profession, I will always endeavor to uphold the prestige, honor, and high esprit de corps of the Rangers.

Acknowledging the fact that a Ranger is a more elite soldier who arrives at the cutting edge of battle by land, sea, or air, I accept the fact that as a Ranger my country expects me to move further, faster, and fight harder than any other soldier.

Never shall I fail my comrades I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong, and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one hundred percent and then some.

Gallantly will I show the world that I am a specially selected and well trained soldier. My courtesy to superior officers, neatness of dress, and care of equipment shall set the example for others to follow.

Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the field of battle for I am better trained and will fight with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.

Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor.

United States Military Oaths of Office

The wordings of the current oath of enlistment and oath for commissioned officers are as follows:

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

It’s important to note that the oaths are taken to support & defend the Constitution.  This gives us an additional layer of protection against potential despotism in that the military is obligated first and foremost to the ideals of our founders and the supreme law of the land.

Creed of The United States Coast Guardsman

I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.

I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world.

I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged.

I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders.

I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.

I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties.

I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems.

I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.

I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live.

I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.

With God’s help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works…

The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the Flag
     of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands:

     one Nation under God, indivisible,
With Liberty and Justice for all.

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